2054 - Roanoke 40 years from Now . . .

Projecting 40 years into the future is likely folly, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun and it certainly does not mean we won’t do it. We will. We have.

But consider this first: A look back tells that in 1974 Ted Rappaport, former head of Virginia Tech’s mobile portable radio school, was not yet in high school and his major contribution to cell phone development was years away. The Roanoke City Market was still a den of iniquity, peopled by bums, hookers, johns and pimps. It was not a date destination. Center in the Square was an empty building.

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